Marois go-ahead for star miler Kingman

Star miler Kingman is set to test his credentials across the Channel in next weekend’s Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

Marois go-ahead for star miler Kingman

The Irish 2,000 Guineas hero further bolstered his profile when following up his St James’s Palace Stakes success with a clear-cut victory over the year-older Toronado in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

The John Gosden-trained colt will go in search of his fourth Group One win on the bounce, again over a mile.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “The way he’s come out of his Goodwood race is very encouraging and we just want him to remain in good form until next weekend.

“Provided he does that, we are very much very looking forward to bringing him to Deauville for the Marois.”

Meanwhile Garswood finally claimed the big prize he has often promised with victory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville yesterday.

Winner of the Free Handicap last season and not unfancied in the 2000 Guineas won by Dawn Approach, where he was seventh, the Richard Fahey-trained colt has consistently kept top company.

He ran arguably a career-best when third to Moonlight Cloud in the seven-furlong Prix de la Foret at the end of the 2013 campaign and had been out of luck in four prior outings this year, albeit not without promise.

Partnered by Gerald Mosse over a rarely run trip of six and a half furlongs, the son of Dutch Art raced on the outside of the Group One filed, tracking the well-touted Thawaany as Willie McCreery’s Irish challenger Fiesolana took the 14 runners along.

It looked for a while as though the Irish raider might keep all at bay, but she began to falter as Mosse produced Garswood to perfection around a furlong and a half out to get the better of a battle with Thawaany, who was bidding to give Freddy Head another victory in a race he has made his own. Fiesolana held on for third.

Emma Armstrong, who owns Garswood with her husband David in partnership with Cheveley Park Stud, said of the half-length winner: ``We knew he had his ground and we knew he could do it today.

“In England he has been very frustrating, but in France he gets his conditions and he runs well. The going was too firm for him in the Lennox at Goodwood (fourth to Es Que Love).

“I think he could well go back to the Arc meeting for another crack at the Foret in which he was third last year.

“We actually live just five minutes from Haydock and there is the big sprint there, but that could be a bit sharp for him.”

Mosse said: “All the way I was going really well, and when I asked him to go at the 350-metre pole he just went and did it.

“He loved the soft ground and is a horse that never gives up.

“I have to thank my UK agent Shippy Ellis for assisting in getting me the ride.”

Fahey said: ``It's just great to win a Group One with him as he is an absolute gentleman of a horse. “I can honestly say I’ve never trained a horse with a mind like his. He literally doesn’t have a care in the world.”

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